This GCSE requires you to
design and make an electronic product that could be manufactured
& marketed in today's society. For the GCSE you usually have to
show how you could produce a batch of 50 in school with the facilities you
have available. Something to remember when you start your project. If you
can't make it in school then there is no real point in going through the
In year 10 you will be
taught a lot of theory about such things as components and types of:
Input: Like Switches
& other sensors.
Transistors, thyristors etc...
Output: Such as lamps and
Theory and Calculations
such as Ohms Law and calculating Power etc.. (a link to most electronics
information can be found on the links page)
You will also learn about
integrated circuits and how they can be incorporated into a circuit to
achieve specific outputs; such as alarm type circuits.
The above is only an
example and it is not my intention to go through electronics theory on
this site (Your teacher will do that!)
You will also be shown
(depending on resources available in your school) to simulate and test
your circuit prior to manufacture. An important part of the design
process, depending on your school this could be done through prototype
boards (breadboards) or through CAD programs like Crocodile clips and PCB
As well as the
electronics side of the course you will also be shown examples of previous
products whether pupil projects or actual products that are on sale. This
is so you can consider the packaging of your product, the case or other it
is in. Other considerations will be mentioned such as health and safety,
cost, how it will be made/ manufactured (possibly CAM), materials used and
why etc... All of these will be factors you need to consider for your
Most exam boards
split up the course into coursework and final terminal examinations. OCR
have 2 end exams. The course work element of this GCSE accounts for 60% of
your final grade and the final 40% being made up with the examination (s).
OCR and most other exam boards split up the marks roughly the same.
OCR example: Design
Need and Brief; upto 4 marks.
Research leading to
detailed specification; up to 12 marks.
Design ideas; up to
up to 14 marks.
making; up to 48 marks
Testing 8 marks.
SPG; 5 marks.
Common sense tells
you to work hardest and the parts of the course that get you most marks.
Spending a month on your design brief is not time well spent.